I’m not going to tell you the Szechuan steak sandwich I had today was the best thing I’ve ever dropped down my gullet, but let me tell you, it was the best thing I’ve had in at least a month.
My girlfriend and I drove to Lexington today to do some shopping and decided to have a late lunch/early dinner at Saul Good, a favorite restaurant of mine. Every time I go there I struggle with what to get because it’s all so very good. This was the first time I had tried the steak sandwich. It was the kind of good that makes you dance in your seat a little when you eat it. Paired with crispy seasoned shoe string fries on the side, there simply wasn’t a thing about it that wasn’t heavenly.
My girlfriend had a rosemary chicken flatbread pizza. Hers was really good as well. We split a piece of white chocolate cheesecake that would warrant slapping your mother if necessary. Fortunately I didn’t have to fight her for an equal share. It was quite rich and both of us were trying to get the other to finish it.
It was the kind of meal that, when you are finished, you can’t possibly imagine ever being hungry again. We walked in half-starved and walked out so full that I questioned whether or not I needed to buy new pants while we were out and about.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a meal like that. When it’s delicious and filling and spent with pleasant company, a meal like that is almost in itself a spiritual experience.
I think that’s one reason that Jesus refers to food so often when he describes spiritual things. I think he was not so subtly suggesting that feeding our spirit is as essential to life as feeding our bodies. I can only speak for myself, but my experience has shown me this is true. I have to take care of and feed my inner self every bit as much as I do my physical body or I suffer for it. It often manifests itself as depression, anxiety, loneliness, or even anger. I have to do better for myself than that.
Thanks be to God I have access to an endless feast at my Heavenly Father’s table. My spirit is satisfied and my heart is full.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
John 6:27